Kelley Jo Burke
Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, CBC documentarian and broadcaster, and mother of three. Her plays include the upcoming Somewhere, Sk., Ducks on the Moon, The Selkie Wife, Jane's Thumb and Charming and Rose: True Love. She was the 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the three time winner of the City of Regina Writing Award, and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.
Marcus Miller is Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to managing and curating, he teaches courses in the in the Department of Art and Art History on contemporary art.
He has worked across Canada as a curator, writer, artist and a teacher. Until August 2011 he served as Director of Galleries for the City of North Battleford where he curated Portraits: Painting, Face-Pulling and Storytelling featuring paintings by Allen Sapp and historical portraits of Aboriginals from the Drumming Hill Collection. At the Art Gallery of Alberta (2006-09) he curated a number of thought provoking exhibitions including The New Flâneurs: Contemporary Urban Practice and the Picturesque and a major survey of Edmonton artist: Sylvain Voyer. Miller has lectured at Carleton University in the Department of Architecture (Ottawa) and Concordia University (Montréal). He writes art criticism for a wide range of readers: until 2005 as the Montréal Correspondent for Contemporary Magazine (UK), Canadian Art, BorderCrossings and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among many others.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, dramaturg and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Ham and the Ram, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy) and The Unplugging. Directing credits include Justice, Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Death of a Chief, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (WCTC/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian… and The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble). She has twice been the festival dramaturg for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival, and last year directed Adam Pottle’s Ultrasound. From 2003-2011, she served as the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. She was the Saskatoon Public Library’s 2011/2012 Writer in Residence, and the University of Regina’s Playwright In Residence. She is currently working on Medicine Shows, a book about Native theatre in Canada.
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James Hodges has been actively involved in Saskatchewan’s arts and entertainment scene over four decades. During the late 70’s he honed his management skills by producing the Sundog Arts Fair as a volunteer. In 1980 he created Roadside Attractions and Crosstown Entertainment, each focusing on the business of the performing arts. In 1987/88 he created an annual dance subscription series (Dance Alive!) for Saskatoon, hosting Canada’s major dance companies, including international touring companies. For seven years he managed one of North Americas most popular a cappella groups – Saskatoon’s STREETNiX.
Mr. Hodges has presented hundreds of national and international performing artists in Saskatchewan. As well, he has worked with the local arts, business, city of Saskatoon and tourism community producing, marketing and managing dozens of performers, events and celebrations. James Hodges has also volunteered his time on local boards and committee’s, sharing the knowledge gained through his broad business associations.
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Kaelen Klypak received his Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma from Capilano University in North Vancouver and now resides in Saskatoon as the Program Manager for SaskMusic. He manages the export and professional development of Saskatchewan Music Industry Individuals.
Klypak has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for the past 14 years as a musician, manager, production manager, promoter, and music publisher. He currently runs his own music publishing company called Kmusic Publishing and is a promoter representative for Live Nation and Union Events. He is also a jury member for various music organizations and an active conference committee member for BreakOut West.
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Karen Reynaud is the General Manager of Opera Saskatoon and also oversees the production of the main stage show each June. She is an accomplished pianist who has played for many vocalists, choirs and instrumentalists in her impressive career. She holds a Masters Degree in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Kathryn Ricketts
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Dr. Kathryn Ricketts has been working for the past 30 years in the field of dance and visual arts, presenting throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Canada. Her work in schools, galleries and community centers focuses on social /political issues with dance, creative writing and visual art as the mobilizing ‘voice’. Her Doctoral research furthered this into areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies with a method she coins Embodied Poetic Narrative. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the University of Regina as the chair of the Dance area. She will be launching The Listening Lab, a visual and performing arts series in her loft in the John Deere Tractor Building this Fall.